Taylor v. Superior Court
Supreme Court of California
598 P.2d 854 (1979)
Taylor (plaintiff/petitioner) sued Stille (defendant) for injuries he sustained in a collision between them. Taylor alleged that Stille was driving while intoxicated at the time of the accident, that he is an alcoholic with a habit of driving while intoxicated, and that he previously caused a serious accident while driving drunk. Taylor claimed that Stille acted with a conscious disregard for Taylor’s safety, and sought both compensatory and punitive damages. The Superior Court granted Stille’s motion to dismiss Taylor’s claim for punitive damages. Taylor seeks a writ of mandamus from this court reinstating his punitive damages claim.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Richardson, J.)
Concurrence (Bird, C.J.)
Dissent (Clark, J.)
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